• Bribery,  Universities

    “Varsity Blues” and Lou Reed

    Two practical, timely articles on the “Varsity Blues” matter from my Lightfoot colleagues. First, Tenley Armstrong and Henry Gimenez in University Business: Revelations from the Justice Department’s recent “Operation Varsity Blues” admissions investigation—and resulting indictments—have rocked the college landscape. In its wake, all institutions of higher education should assess the implications of the scandal and reevaluate the compliance measures in place to prevent similar conduct on their campuses. Read the entire article: After “Operation Varsity Blues,” universities must reevaluate compliance Then, Brandon Essig and Brian Kappel in Law360: All changed last week with the DOJ’s announcement that it had again used the same mob-fighting toolkit to investigate and bring criminal…

  • Music

    Music for White-Collar Crime

    The “White Collar Wire” playlist on Spotify has been updated: New entrants since the last update include Arnold Schoenberg, Howard Shore, Dire Straits, Gary Clark, Jr., and The Cold Stares.

  • Fashion,  Special Counsel,  Trials, Judges and Jurors

    White-Collar Spotify Playlist Update (Roger Stone Edition)

    All things evolve, or at least update.  The White Collar Wire playlist on Spotify is no exception.  As I have noted before, “scoring” a playlist for white-collar crime is an uncertain business.  Appropriate compositions pop up across genres, however, and will likely continue to do so.  (For earlier consumers of the playlist, new material starts with “I Fought The Law” and goes through the end).  This update includes: The Clash | Brian Fallon | Pink Floyd | Henry Mancini | Meek Mill | Barney Kessel | Dawes | Middle Brother | The Allman Brothers | Scotty Bahama | Paul Englishby | Benjamin Del Shreve | Hozier| The Oscar Peterson Trio…

  • Congressional Investigations

    Clairol, Cohen and Congressional Staff Depositions

    With the ongoing saga of Michael Cohen’s appearance or non-appearance before Congress reminiscent of an old Clairol commercial (“Does he or doesn’t he testify?”), plus the new majority in Congress, my colleague Logan Matthews and I thought it appropriate to address for our friends at White Collar Law 360 the sometimes obscure but always menacing topic of Staff Depositions And The New Congress’ Investigations: Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, has withdrawn his offer to testify before Congress, citing what he believes to be safety concerns. Cohen may or may not ever testify — he is to report to federal prison in March. Either way, the dustup over Cohen may presage…

  • DOJ

    Radio, Barr and Churchill

    The photo above is not me, but I did have a good time on SiriusXM’s POTUS channel with host Olivier Knox of “The Big Show” discussing William Barr’s confirmation hearings to be Attorney General.  Listen here: Consistently with the photo above, I just finished Churchill: Walking With Destiny. Written by British historian Andrew Roberts, it is a powerful, compelling one-volume biography of perhaps the greatest leader of the twentieth century; certainly the leader to whom we owe the most in predicting and preserving civilization from the successive onslaughts of Prussian militarists; Hitler and the Nazis; and Stalin and the Soviets.  A man full of faults, certainly, but more than enough…

  • Film,  jazz,  Music

    Music for White-Collar Crime

    I have never created the soundtrack for a film, nor do I have the competence to do so.   I imagine, though, that it is very difficult to get right.  Assembling a “soundtrack” for a cultural and legal lagoon like white-collar crime is not easy, either, and subject to much subjectivity. Nevertheless, here below is my Spotify effort.  The list includes Bach, The Last Mr. Bigg,  Miles Davis, Lana Del Ray, Duke Ellington, Jimi Hendrix, The Modern Jazz Quartet, Mozart, The Steve Miller Band and Warren Zevon. Please follow the  “White Collar Wire” playlist on Spotify.  I plan to refresh it every other Sunday.    

  • Christmas

    Christmas Day

    In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.  This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria.  And all went to be registered, each to his own town.  And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David,  to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.  And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth.  And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths…

  • Christmas,  Cocktails,  Crime Fiction

    2018 Crime Fiction, Booze and Music

    A Christmas roundup of crime fiction, booze and music. BOOKS.  A little late for Christmas, but why give them away?  Read them yourself. From The Rap Sheet, edited and written mostly by J. Kingston Pierce, some 2018 favorites: Part I here  and Part II here.  And even a few more lists here. From Vulture, here are The 10 Best Crime Books of 2018 Opium smugglers, mad scientists, Instagram socialites, and serial killers fictional and real. Then, Crimereads gives us . . . From across the water, the Telegraph lays out The best thrillers and crime fiction of 2018, and the Irish Times lists The best crime fiction of 2018. A few of…

  • Directors and Officers,  Indemnification

    Les (Not Paul) and Indemnification of Directors and Officers

    Indemnification of directors and officers often rears its head in white-collar matters and internal investigations.  Here is an interesting take by James Stewart on the Les Mooves situation (click on image for article): Mr. Moonves, of course, was until recently the long-time, influential chief executive of CBS.  He was fired after an internal investigation into complaints of sexual harassment (click on image for article): In part, Mr. Stewart notes that: Mr. Moonves has the right to challenge the board’s decision in a confidential arbitration proceeding, and he could also sue for breach of contract. In the interview, Mr. Moonves said he hadn’t yet decided whether to pursue arbitration. But why wouldn’t…